Events and News

We Cannot Wait to Meet You!

Every month the Youth Services Department provides special theme-based events and guest speakers in addition to our regularly scheduled programs. These events are perfect for a mixture of ages and are made possible by generous donations from the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library and grants provided by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation and Guilford Savings Bank.

Most of these programs take place during holidays, school minimum days, vacation weeks and throughout the summer months, so please continually check back to see what is up and coming!

Please note that all programming is subject to change and that visiting our home page and reading through our news and notices box will give you the most up to date information about date changes and cancellations.

Also, please realize that some events are age-specific and require registration. This allows us to plan accordingly and ensure we have enough supplies. To learn more about what we have to offer and how to register, head to our calendar.

For more information about any of programs and/or special events to do not be afraid to call or email.                 203. 488. 1441. ext.321                 youthservices@blackstonelibrary.org

CANCELLED Stories for 2’s

Tuesday, April 7

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Children and caregivers will take part in an hour long storytime with Miss Mary that will include: singing, dancing, musical instruments and reading. A simple paper craft will follow.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED (TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, April 7

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

CANCELLED Stories/Music – Babies up to 24 months

Wednesday, April 8

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Babies and caregivers will come together for a gentle story time with Miss Mary that will encourage participation through rhyming, movement, and singing. Short and simple stories will also be included.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED Stories/Music – Babies up to 24 months

Wednesday, April 8

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Babies and caregivers will come together for a gentle storytime with Miss Mary that will encourage participation through rhyming, movement, and singing. Short and simple stories will also be included.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED STEAMing Up Storytime with Amanda Evans from FRC – Ages 2 to 5

Thursday, April 9

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Amanda Evans from the Family Resource Center once a month for a hands-on storytime that will include books, sensory activities, crafts and more! Each month Amanda will work around a different theme and bring ALL the fixings so that children can fully understand it through trial and error, investigation and hands-on experiences. These storytimes will be unlike anything you have ever seen at the JBML.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Teen Space)

Thursday, April 9

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Enjoy gaming and playing Roblox BUT want to pop into the Library when you know folks are going to be around? Join our Roblox/gaming club that meets for an hour every Thursday in our teen space. We will provide an hour long session on our computers along with stereo headphones so that you can connect, socialize and build upon your avatar with friends along the way.

You DO NOT need to sign up more than once to be part of the group. Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

CANCELLED PJ Storytime – Babies thru Age 5

Thursday, April 9

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This sleepy story hour will be led by Miss Carly and include gentle music, rhymes and stories. We will close with a simple activity or craft. Oh, and PJs are a plus!

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED Picture Books LIVE – Ages 2 to 5

Friday, April 10

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Wind down before lunch with a series of picture books brought to life on the big screen. You may know some of the titles ahead of time – and trust me, it is fun seeing your favorite characters walking and talking! After watching a book or two we will close out with a picture book reading by the same author or theme we viewed.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED Big Head Book Group: A Who Was/Is Book Club – 2 thru 4th Grade (YS Programming)

Friday, April 10

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Enjoy reading the Who Was, Who Is or even What Is book series? Well, we are going to kick our reading up a notch but setting up a monthly head to head battle between famous people, places and events. Stop by the Youth Services Department to pick up 1 of 2 book choices. Read it solo or with the family and then head back to the Library the second Friday of the month to perform hands-on activities, a trivia game and lively discussion of who, what or where is better than, well – who, what or where!

Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 321 or click here

CANCELLED Play/Stories – Ages 3 to 5

Monday, April 13

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Children and caregivers will experience a half hour of play with Miss Mary that will lead into singing, dancing, and rhyming. Stories and a paper craft will close out the hour.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED 3D File Creation and Printing for Kids and Caregivers – 3rd thru 6th Grade (YS Programming)

Monday, April 13

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Interested in learning more about 3D printing and the overall design process? Want to be able to use opensource software to create something all your own? Then sign up for our 3D File Creation and Printing class for families. Participants will learn all about the printer’s components, be introduced to one of the many FREE 3D design programs and then create something to be printed on the Blackstone’s 3D printer. This will be the perfect way to jump into 3D design and creation.

We have limited number of computers so registration is required. To do some please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here and caregivers are expected to stay. 

CANCELLED Stories for 2’s

Tuesday, April 14

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Children and caregivers will take part in an hour long storytime with Miss Mary that will include: singing, dancing, musical instruments and reading. A simple paper craft will follow.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED Stories/Music – Babies up to 24 months

Wednesday, April 15

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Babies and caregivers will come together for a gentle story time with Miss Mary that will encourage participation through rhyming, movement, and singing. Short and simple stories will also be included.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED Stories/Music – Babies up to 24 months

Wednesday, April 15

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Babies and caregivers will come together for a gentle storytime with Miss Mary that will encourage participation through rhyming, movement, and singing. Short and simple stories will also be included.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED Fossils to Footprints – K thru 3rd Grade (YS Programming)

Wednesday, April 15

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Children’s Museum of South Eastern Connecticut is visiting to tell us everything we want to know about prehistoric times and the animals that roamed the earth. What did they look like? How did they act? What did they eat? Well, drop on by to find out. Once we have learned everything there is to know we will become paleontologists and “dissect” a rock to see what fossils we can find.

Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 321 or click here.

CANCELLED Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Teen Space)

Thursday, April 16

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Enjoy gaming and playing Roblox BUT want to pop into the Library when you know folks are going to be around? Join our Roblox/gaming club that meets for an hour every Thursday in our teen space. We will provide an hour long session on our computers along with stereo headphones so that you can connect, socialize and build upon your avatar with friends along the way.

You DO NOT need to sign up more than once to be part of the group. Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

CANCELLED PJ Storytime – Babies thru Age 5

Thursday, April 16

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This sleepy story hour will be led by Miss Carly and include gentle music, rhymes and stories. We will close with a simple activity or craft. Oh, and PJs are a plus!

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED Picture Books LIVE – Ages 2 to 5

Friday, April 17

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Wind down before lunch with a series of picture books brought to life on the big screen. You may know some of the titles ahead of time – and trust me, it is fun seeing your favorite characters walking and talking! After watching a book or two we will close out with a picture book reading by the same author or theme we viewed.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED Saturday Stories – Babies to Age 5

Saturday, April 18

11:00 am - 11:30 am

A family friendly storytime for all ages that includes music, fingerplays and our favorite books.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED Play/Stories – Ages 3 to 5

Monday, April 20

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Children and caregivers will experience a half hour of play with Miss Mary that will lead into singing, dancing, and rhyming. Stories and a paper craft will close out the hour.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED Maker Mondays: Middle School (YS Programming)

Monday, April 20

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, circuit creation and more!

Each session, we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 321 or click here.

CANCELLED Stories for 2’s

Tuesday, April 21

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Children and caregivers will take part in an hour long storytime with Miss Mary that will include: singing, dancing, musical instruments and reading. A simple paper craft will follow.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED (TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, April 21

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

CANCELLED Stories/Music – Babies up to 24 months

Wednesday, April 22

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Babies and caregivers will come together for a gentle story time with Miss Mary that will encourage participation through rhyming, movement, and singing. Short and simple stories will also be included.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED Stories/Music – Babies up to 24 months

Wednesday, April 22

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Babies and caregivers will come together for a gentle storytime with Miss Mary that will encourage participation through rhyming, movement, and singing. Short and simple stories will also be included.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED Half Day With Minute to Win It Games – K thru 4th Grade (YS Programming)

Wednesday, April 22

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

On your mark, get set, go! In these series of 60 second challenges you will have to think fast in order to beat the clock. Think you can defeat all the challenges with only one short and pressure filled minute – they might seem easy but you just might have to think twice. If you like fast paced fun you won’t want to miss this event.

Registration for this program is required. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 321 or click here.

This program is made possible by The Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library

CANCELLED Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Teen Space)

Thursday, April 23

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Enjoy gaming and playing Roblox BUT want to pop into the Library when you know folks are going to be around? Join our Roblox/gaming club that meets for an hour every Thursday in our teen space. We will provide an hour long session on our computers along with stereo headphones so that you can connect, socialize and build upon your avatar with friends along the way.

You DO NOT need to sign up more than once to be part of the group. Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

CANCELLED PJ Storytime – Babies thru Age 5

Thursday, April 23

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This sleepy story hour will be led by Miss Carly and include gentle music, rhymes and stories. We will close with a simple activity or craft. Oh, and PJs are a plus!

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED Picture Books LIVE – Ages 2 to 5

Friday, April 24

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Wind down before lunch with a series of picture books brought to life on the big screen. You may know some of the titles ahead of time – and trust me, it is fun seeing your favorite characters walking and talking! After watching a book or two we will close out with a picture book reading by the same author or theme we viewed.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED Play/Stories – Ages 3 to 5

Monday, April 27

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Children and caregivers will experience a half hour of play with Miss Mary that will lead into singing, dancing, and rhyming. Stories and a paper craft will close out the hour.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

(CANCELLED) Stories for 2’s

Tuesday, April 28

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Children and caregivers will take part in an hour long storytime with Miss Mary that will include: singing, dancing, musical instruments and reading. A simple paper craft will follow.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

CANCELLED (TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, April 28

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

CANCELLED Stories/Music – Babies up to 24 months

Wednesday, April 29

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Babies and caregivers will come together for a gentle story time with Miss Mary that will encourage participation through rhyming, movement, and singing. Short and simple stories will also be included.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.